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Artlink Artist Studio Tour Summer Series — The Finale!


The Final Artist Studio Tours of the Summer! 🎨🎟


Artlink Artist Studio Tours: ✨New Summer Series!


In an effort to highlight the contribution of our talented artist community, Artlink is excited to present a summer series of Artist Studio Tours.

On June 9, the series launch will take you on a visit to the working space of a triumvirate of artists that serves as a cornerstone of Historic Grand Avenue, a photographer who has captured over two decades of iconic Arizona images, a nationally renowned puppeteer, and the pottery studio that is the single longest running studio in central Phoenix.

Thank you to our trailhead host Muse Apartments for the rendezvous spot and complimentary parking! It certainly doesn’t hurt that Muse’s resident restaurant Forno 301 is offering free dessert to tour-goers upon our return! Thank you also to tour partner Dunn Transportation and Phoenix Rising Tours. With all of this great synergy toward a robust event, you won’t want to miss out: join this guided tour in air-conditioned comfort and go behind the scenes of an artist’s creative process. Here’s what’s in store for June and the upcoming months:

June Tour
Starting @ Muse Apartments | 1616 N. Central Avenue | Phoenix, Az 85004
Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MST)

1. The Lodge Art Studio of Abbey Messmer, Rafael Navarro and Lisa Jacobs Handler (Retromode Handmade) 

Abbey Messmer’s underwater photography is often the root of her medium and large-scale oil paintings. Messmer is clearly infatuated with the distortion and vibrancy that emerge when water is the lens through which to see a parallel reality.

Rafael Navarro’s work, both painting and sculpture, is inspired by poetry, music and nature. Navarro often references local landmarks, but feels strong ties to his native Mexico City. With precision and craftsmanship in the forefront, the work leaves the viewer contemplative and mellow.

Retromode Handmade is the passion project of Lisa Jacobs Handler who has run retail spaces focused on local and handmade in downtown Phoenix for over a decade. Her current focus is textiles and jewelry.

2. Marilyn Szabo

A working photographer for 25 years, Szabo’s subjects range from people to architecture to landscape. The work has been praised for its depth, craftsmanship and versatility. She is published in Black & White, Focus, and Sun Magazine. Her work is represented in collections throughout the US. Alligator Juniper, a national literary magazine, awarded Szabo the 2010 National Photography Award and cover. She has received five art commission awards and has had numerous solo shows.

3. Hjalmarson Pottery Art / Halldor Hjalmarson 

Located in the Roosevelt Historic Neighborhood, Hjalmarson Pottery is the oldest working studio in central Phoenix. The artist creates functional stoneware vessels along with clay sculpture which often is inspired by our Sonoran Desert.

 

 

4. Puppet Pie / Stacey Gordon

A puppet-building studio where Gordon builds puppets for the masses. She also works occasionally as a day-player on Sesame Street, as Julia, a character which debuted in 2017. She teaches puppeteering & puppet-building workshops from her studio, as well as at schools, libraries, corporate events, and conventions. Teaching non-puppeteers (or soon-to-be puppeteers) is one of her favorite things, as it allows her to consistently witness the discovery that puppetry is a powerful form of art.

Special offer from the tour’s participating artists: you can apply the cost of your tour ticket as a direct discount on any available artworks with a retail list price of $100 or more. Not only will you recoup the cost of the tour but you will also ride away with a new piece of art that was handed directly to you by the artist who crafted it.

Reserve your spot for June’s Tour – seats are limited!

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The second tour in the series, on July 14th, will introduce you to a booming art form for marking momentous occasions, a quasi-fauvist folklorist, a realist painter with a penchant for nostalgia, and an exciting enclave bustling with the hustle of a unique artist collective.

July Tour
Starting @ Grand ArtHaus
Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (MST)

1. Grand Arthaus / Robert Gentile

Deriving much of his process from his roots in the NY grafitti scene, Gentile uses a variety of mediums— from spray paint and acrylics, to pastels and markers. He works as a mural artist, graphic designer, teacher, and as a Free Arts volunteer mentor. He owns and operates Grand Arthaus, a downtown space that hosts community events, exhibitions, and foremost provides affordable studio space and collective memberships. Their location is home to 1st & 3rd Friday Art Walks and adjacent to the Oasis on Grand artist residences.  With spaces for artists and creative professionals, Grand Arthaus is a unique environment that encourages innovation, collaboration, and experimentation in every medium.

2. ABCreativeArt studio

Ashwini Bharathula is a self-taught realist painter and currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She primarily uses acrylics on canvas or wood panel. Her aim is to create contemplative art that stimulates the viewer’s senses and kindles nostalgia. Inspired by eclectic subjects and scenes from her travels, she expresses herself with bold colors and evocative textures. Her forte is her eye for detail and the ability to use natural light to set the mood of the scene. She hopes that each of her paintings invites the viewers into the scene and makes them reminisce about experiences from their own lives and travels. 

3. Amanda Adkins Studio

Folklore and fairytales often use animals to tell the stories that are passed down. Amanda Adkins uses this concept in her painting practice to share personal stories with her viewer. In parabolic tradition, Adkins’ illustrative vignettes on panel use desert icons as stand-ins for entities, intuitions, emotions and states of being on themes of health and homeopathy, fertility and femininity, and the tense precarity of life.

4. Fushicho Daiko Dojo/Phoenix Taiko Drumming Studio

Fushicho Daiko*Phoenix Drummers perform both traditional and original Taiko songs with power, energy, skill and joy. The combination of sound, movement, instruments and teamwork create a spellbinding art experience. Founded here in 1992, the downtown dojo provides classes & workshops for all ages and skills levels. Tour attendees can play the drums, learning the basic stance and movement required to create the music.

 

Special offer from the tour’s participating artists: you can apply the cost of your tour ticket as a direct discount on any available artworks with a retail list price of $100 or more. Not only will you recoup the cost of the tour but you will also ride away with a new piece of art that was handed directly to you by the artist who crafted it.

 Reserve your spot for July’s Tour – seats are limited!

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August Tour &  September Tour – SAVE THE DATES!
More details coming soon.

  • Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MST)
  • Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MST)

 


PAM Director to Guide Artlink Tour of Three Downtown Phoenix Galleries

Artlink, Inc. will conduct a guided downtown gallery tour on Saturday, November 16, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

We’re very pleased to announce that Jim Ballinger, Director of Phoenix Art Museum, will be our official host and guide.  Tour participants will gain intimate access to three distinctive downtown galleries and have a chance to talk with the artists and curators one-on-one.

“I look forward to the chance to share with people some of the outstanding work being done locally,” said Ballinger.  “This is a relaxing and informative way to learn more about these artists and their work. My wife, Linda, and I both live and work downtown, so it is exciting to see the continued increase in arts activities and the growing high quality of our regional artists.”

“The purpose of the Artlink Collectors Tours is to promote the range and quality of work being created and exhibited in downtown Phoenix, and make it accessible to emerging and established collectors,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink President.

On Saturday, November 16, Phoenix Art Museum Director James Ballinger will host and guide the tour, which will include three galleries:

  • Willo NorthLa Figura, a new body of work by painter Hugo Medina focused on the human figure.
  • eye lounge Family Portraits: The Demography of Us, a group show by eye lounge artists using the framework of the family portrait.
  • R. Pela Contemporary ArtPop and Circumstance II: new work by Janet de Berge Lange, Kim Forbes-Mullane, and Peter Mars. This 25th anniversary exhibition of the 1998 show, Pop and Circumstance depicts, in assemblage and paintings, pop iconography and themes of empowered women.

What:  Artlink Collectors Tour
When:  Saturday, November 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Where:  Tour departs from the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue
Tickets:  $35 per ticket, or two for $60, includes transportation to the galleries and light refreshments
Purchase onlinehttps://artlinkcollectorstournovember2013.eventbrite.com

About Artlink Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events happening throughout the year and also operates the A.E. England Gallery, which is committed to showcasing the talents of new and emerging local artists. Ongoing community projects include, support of the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Artlink Collectors Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; an annual Juried Exhibition; and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. Artlink’s year-round activities are supported by Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, Snell & Wilmer, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Community Alliance, The Torosian Foundation, Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Merchants Association, Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Center for the Arts, 6th Avenue Gallery, Urban Affair and Invexi Web Development.


Artlink Announces Fall Collectors Tours

Dr. Sara Cochran

Phoenix, AZ (August 22, 2013) – Artlink, Inc. will conduct two ticketed, guided gallery tours on Saturday, September 21, and Saturday, November 16, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

These “Collectors Tours” will visit three galleries chosen by Dr. Sara Cochran, curator of modern and contemporary art for the Phoenix Art Museum and Gabriela Muñoz, her curatorial assistant from more than a dozen submissions. Tour participants gain intimate access to the galleries and have a chance to talk with the artists and curators one-on-one.

“The purpose of the Artlink Collectors Tours is to promote the range and quality of work being created and exhibited in downtown Phoenix, and to nurture opportunities for artists and galleries to connect with new buyers,” said Catrina Kahler, Artlink Co-President. “It’s a don’t-miss opportunity to go behind the scenes with wildly talented downtown artists, gallerists and curators.”

Dr. Cochran said, “I’m always happy to see the energy and diversity of the downtown scene. It’s always good to see new work by artists I know and to see new work by artists I have not yet met.”

On Saturday, September 21, the Artlink Collectors Tour will feature Gabriela Muñoz as the host and guide and will include visits to:

  • monOrchid Gallery78 Years in the Fast Lane a retrospective of work by painter Fred Tiekken and Fata Morgana, photographs by Sean Deckert focused on the intersection of urban landscape and human development.
  • Five 15 Arts  – a “fabricated plants” installation by Mary Shindell exploring the contemporary affinity people have with gardening and the unforgiving forces of nature.
  • Frontal Lobe GallerySex: A Woman’s Perspective, a group show of established local artists

Gabriela Muñoz

In commenting on her participation in the selection process for the September tour, Muñoz said, “The most enjoyable part of the selection process…was getting to see the wonderful diversity of events and exhibitions planned by the different art spaces downtown in the coming months. I had known of the commitment of our artistic community in exhibiting in downtown Phoenix, but I was reminded of the quality and serious engagement of our local artists. This process was also a moment to reflect on all the hard work that so many professionals undertake every month, in the running of art galleries and creative spaces around town.”

As encouragement to everyone to participate, Munoz concluded, “The arts community is only as strong as we choose to make it with our engagement—so please come on in, the water is warm.”

What: Artlink Collectors Tour – September

When: Saturday, September 21, 1:00-4:00 pm

Where: Tour departs from the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue

Cost: $35 per ticket; or two for $60, includes transportation to the galleries, refreshments, and an expert guide.

Click Here To Buy Tickets for September

On Saturday, November 16, Dr. Sara Cochran will be host and guide for the tour, which will include:

  • Willo NorthLa Figura, a new body of work by painter Hugo Medina focused on the human figure.
  • Eye LoungeFamily Portraits: The Demography of Us, a group show by Eye Lounge artists using the framework of the family portrait.
  • R. Pela Contemporary Art – all new work by Janet de Berge Lange featuring large-scale quilt panels made from tin and other metals, then cut and placed in a “sewn” pattern that depicts women’s struggles in the early 21st century.

Dr. Sara Cochran, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Phoenix Art Museum, chose the galleries featured in the November tour.  During her tenure at PAM, Dr. Cochran has organized a number of exhibitions including: Kehinde Wiley: Memling (2013); Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted(2013); And the Land Grew Quiet: New Work by Matthew Moore (2012); Seeing is Believing: Rebecca Campbell and Angela Ellsworth (2011); Living for Art: Gifts from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection (2011) and Locals Only (2009) – an exhibition of Chicano and Latino artists working in the metro-Phoenix area. Previously, she lectured in contemporary art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Cochran noted the diversity of work submitted by the galleries for consideration, “It’s great to see the different type of spaces reaching out to new audience and building their networks. I fundamentally believe any art scene is an eco-system and it’s all about keep the whole eco-system engaged and talking.”

When asked what she would like to say to people discovering the downtown Phoenix art scene for the first time, she replied, “For what are you waiting? It’s a nice big world with lots of exciting and interesting conversations of which you should be a part. Stand up for your community.”

What: Artlink Collectors Tour – November

When: Saturday, November 16, 1:00-4:00 pm

Where: Tour departs from the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue

Cost: $35 per ticket, or two for $60, includes transportation to the galleries, refreshments, and an expert guide.

Click Here To Buy Tickets for November

About Artlink Artlink, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and support a thriving arts community in downtown Phoenix. Artlink supports a variety of community-based art events happening throughout the year and also operates the A.E. England Gallery, which is committed to showcasing the talents of new and emerging local artists. Ongoing community projects include, support of the First Fridays Art Walk, the country’s largest self-guided gallery tour; Artlink Collectors Tours, specially selected guided gallery tours; an annual Juried Exhibition; and the annual Art Detour self-guided tour, featuring open studios, pop-up galleries, family-friendly art experiences and more. Artlink’s year-round activities are supported by Phoenix Art Museum, Dunn Transportation, Snell & Wilmer, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Community Alliance, The Torosian Foundation, Downtown Voices Coalition, Grand Avenue Merchants Association, Roosevelt Row CDC, Phoenix Center for the Arts, 6th Avenue Gallery, Urban Affair and Invexi Web Development. For more information, visit artlinkphoenix.org.

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Press Contacts:
Catrina Kahler, 602-579-2988, catrina@artlinkphoenix.org
Jill Bernstein, 602-358-9292, jillbcreative@gmail.com


Call for Submissions: Fall Collectors Tours

 

The Artlink Collectors Tour program brings established and emerging collectors into downtown Phoenix galleries and nurtures opportunities for artists and galleries to connect with new buyers. The tours promote the range and quality of work being created and shown in downtown, and help define Phoenix as a vibrant arts market.

DATES FOR FALL ARTLINK COLLECTORS TOURS:

  • Saturday, September 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 16, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

PHOENIX ART MUSEUM GUEST CURATORS:

The galleries featured on the tours will be selected by guest curators from Phoenix Art Museum, Sara Cochran, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Phoenix Art Museum (pictured right), and Gabriela Munoz, Curatorial Assistant, Modern and Contemporary Art.

Ms. Munoz will guide the tour on September 21, and Ms. Cochran will guide the tour November 16.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

Submit electronically to: info@artlinkphoenix.org. If you have any questions, please call Artlink Board Member Robert Diehl, 602-503-2716.

1)  Fees. There is no fee to submit your September and November exhibit for consideration.

2)  Qualifications. You must be a paid-up gallery participant in Art Detour 25 (an Articipant) to qualify. (Didn’t participate in Detour? Contact Artlink at info@artlinkphoenix.org to find out how you can become an Articipant.)

3)  Submission requirements:

  • Name, address, website of the gallery
  • Name, email and phone number of the person curating the exhibit
  • Name and dates of the exhibit
  • Name[s] and CVs of exhibit artist[s]
  • Curator narrative on purpose of exhibit
  • Digital imagery from the exhibit, or from the artists’ corpus
  • Gallery owner, curator[s] and exhibit artist[s] will be responsive and available to the guide for answering questions, interviews, gallery and studio visits etc. during the selection process.

4)  Requirements for selected galleries:

  • Assist Artlink in promoting the tour
  • Gallery owner and curator[s] will be at the gallery during the tour
  • At least one of the exhibiting artists will be at the gallery during the tour
  • Provide liquid refreshments for tour members

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: JUNE 29, 2013. 
(this deadline is for both the September AND the November tours)

Thank you for your support of the Artlink Collectors Tour program. If you have any additional questions, please contact Artlink Board Member Robert Diehl at 602-503-2716 or email info@artlinkphoenix.org..

About the Collectors Tours:
The Artlink Collectors Tours are bi-monthly, ticketed, guided tours. They will be scheduled on Saturday afternoons (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) following Third Fridays, and they will be considered private showings, with the gallerist, the curator and the artist(s) present to talk about the work. Artlink will work with each guide and selected gallery to determine the timing of each stop on the tour (approximately 30 to 40 minutes per stop).

Each tour will feature a different Guest Guide chosen from among local art authorities, such as Valley museum directors, curators, senior docents or members, Arizona art critics, art faculty, and private or corporate art collectors.

Guides will select three or fewer exhibits for each tour based entirely on their own independent judgment with one exception: no gallery will be selected for consecutive tours.